Microsoft Windows Overview

With Windows 8.1, you can start from the desktop you've always known or the modern Start screen with apps as Live Tiles. You can use touch, your mouse or the keyboard - whatever's easier. And you can use the accessories you want because Windows is compatible with nearly all of them. Plus, you can search your PC, the web, the cloud and apps at the same time with Bing Smart Search. Just access the Search charm from the right side of your screen.



Manufacturer: Microsoft
Price (RRP): from $69.99 to $199.99
Platforms: Windows
Requirements: Required processor
1 GHz or faster
Required memory
2GB
Required hard disk space
20GB available
Required video card
1366 x 768 screen resolution; DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
Required connectivity
Internet access (fees may apply)
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Product Details

Windows 8.1

With the new Windows, you can watch movies or play games with Xbox, Skype with friends, get work done with Office, access files anywhere with OneDrive, or find your next favorite app in the Windows Store. And you can get to it all from the new Start screen, even your familiar desktop.

Your familiar desktop

From the Start screen, you're just a click away from the familiar Windows desktop you know, so you can do the stuff you've always done.

Your own unique start screen

Personalize your Start screen with your favorite news, friends, social networks, and apps. Customizable colors and backgrounds and four different sizes of tiles make your Windows as unique as you are.

Mouse, keyboard, and now touch

Windows 8.1 works with different types of devices, including touch, mouse-and-keyboard, or both. Discover fast and fluid ways to switch between apps, move things around, and go smoothly from one place to another.

Windows 8.1 Pro

With the new Windows, you get the best of work and play. Windows 8.1 Pro includes everything in Windows 8.1, plus enhanced features that help you easily connect to company networks, manage your devices, access one PC from another, encrypt your data, and more.

Enhanced data protection

Windows 8.1 Pro offers enhanced data protection, the ability to access your desktop remotely, and connectivity to your corporate or school networks via Domain join.

The apps you want

In addition to great built-in apps for email, people, photos, and video editing, you can also download thousands of popular apps from the Windows Store, including Netflix, ESPN, Skype, and Halo: Spartan Assault.

Your Office, your way

Experience Office at its best on Windows 8.1 devices. Discover new and better ways to create, edit, and browse using a keyboard, pen, or touchscreen. Don't forget: Office is not part of Windows 8.1 Pro.

Windows 8.1 Pro for Students

With the new Windows, you get the best of work and play. Windows 8.1 Pro includes everything in Windows 8.1, plus enhanced features that help you easily connect to company networks, manage your devices, access one PC from another, encrypt your data, and more.

Your familiar desktop

From the Start screen, you're just a click away from the familiar Windows desktop you know, so you can do the stuff you've always done.

Your own unique start screen

Personalize your Start screen with your favorite news, friends, social networks, and apps. Customizable colors and backgrounds and four different sizes of tiles make your Windows as unique as you are.

Mouse, keyboard, and now touch

Windows 8.1 Pro works with different types of devices, including touch, mouse-and-keyboard, or both. Discover fast and fluid ways to switch between apps, move things around, and go smoothly from one place to another.

Windows 8.1 Pro Pack

With Windows 8.1 Pro Pack you can connect to company networks, access files on the go, and encrypt your data. Plus, watch and record live TV with Windows Media Center.

Watch and record TV with Windows Media Center

Watch, pause, and record HDTV, watch DVDs, listen to your tunes, show off your photos, and enjoy online shows, all in one place with Windows Media Center. It's a whole PC entertainment system.

Help protect your data

Use BitLocker Drive Encryption to help protect your files on an entire drive. BitLocker can help block hackers from accessing the system files they rely on to discover your password, or from accessing your drive by physically removing it from your PC and installing it in a different one.

Access one PC from another

With Remote Desktop you can connect your PC to one in another location, like your work machine to your home PC, and use all of your apps, files, and network resources as if you were sitting right in front of your work PC. You can leave apps open at work and then see those same apps on your home PC.

Popular Windows 8 Apps

Get the latest Windows 8 apps from Microsoft. Browse our wide selection of popular Windows 8 apps and download your favorites straight to your mobile device. Start your search today.

With apps for Windows 8, it's easy to stay connected to friends, no matter where they are. Download a host of social media apps, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. On phones with Windows Phone 8.1, you can even designate tiles on the Start screen to keep up-to-date with everyone's posts.

Never miss an important breaking headline again. Explore the world at large when you get popular Windows 8 apps that bring you the latest news, including USA Today, NYTimes, and more. In addition, you'll have access to local restaurant reviews, weather reports, vacation planning tools, photo collage creators, calendar countdowns, fitness trackers, book readers, popular websites, and more - all for free. Shop from the comfort of your home or wherever you happen to be for any items of interest using apps for Windows 8 like Amazon and eBay.

Stay entertained in a variety of ways. Get Windows 8 apps like Hulu Plus and Netflix to watch your favorite TV shows and movies on the go. And with apps for Windows 8 like Angry Birds Star Wars, Fruit Ninja, and NFL Fantasy Football, a game is never far away. Also, if you have a phone with Windows Phone 8.1, you've got a built-in Xbox so you can listen to your favorite tunes and play the best games no matter where you are.

While some Windows 8 apps cost money to download, several are free. Take advantage of the amazing content available to users of Windows mobile devices. Browse our site to find apps that will enhance your mobile experience and your life. Shop today and see what Microsoft has in store.

Popular Apps

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  • Fruit Ninja
  • Adobe Photoshop Express
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  • VEVO
  • Twitter
  • OneDrive
  • Netflix
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  • Facebook
  • Evernote
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  • eBay
  • Box
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